Assessment plays a pivotal role in supporting children in moving on in their learning. At Northwold this process helps us to monitor each child’s progress, so that we are aware of their strengths and areas for development. This process requires obtaining, analysing and interpreting data gathered and using this information to enable children and teachers to review and plan their next steps in learning.
How Are Children Assessed?
At Northwold we undertake both formative and summative assessments:
- Formative assessments gives information on how well a child is progressing to meet given targets or objectives and provides information on the next steps in learning.
- Summative assessments give information on how well an objective has been achieved at the end of a particular period of time.
Early Years (Nursery & Reception)
In Nursery and Reception assessments are completed in line with Early Year Revised Framework. Assessment information is gathered through observation of the children. Children are assessed and tracked using the Development Matter Bands (DM) in Nursery and Reception. At the end of Reception children are assessed using the Early Learning Goals (ELG) using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP).
KS1 Years 1 & 2 and KS2 Years 3-6
An on entry assessment is completed when each child starts at Northwold. In house assessments are completed termly in all year groups and results are moderated.
- Phonics Check- completed by Year1 children in the Summer Term
- KS 1 SATs tests completed by children in Year 2 during the Summer Term
- KS2 SATs tests completed by children in Year 6 in May
Our Approach to Assessing without levels
The new National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and2, in maintained schools, which comes in to force in September 2014 does not include any levels. Instead it provides an outline of broad expectations indicating what pupils should be taught in different year groups or key stages. Schools are given the opportunity to develop their own assessment system or adopt a system that meets the needs of the school as there is no national system.
At Northwold we will be adopting a phased approach to the new assessment method. We currently use the NotAsWeKnowIt curriculuar targets to track children’s progress in Mathematics. We will be using the phrases Emerging, Expected and Exceeding to describe your child’s progress against the statements for the year group. To start with, many children will be emerging for their year group. As the year progresses, it is expected that the children’s knowledge and understanding of the curriculum will increase and they will move to expected. By the end of the year most children will be assessed as expected age-related attainment and some may be assessed as exceeding age-related attainment. A very small number of children may not achieve expected standards.
Years 2 and 6
We will be continuing report assessment results using levels in Year 2 and 6 for this academic year 2016-2017 as directed by the DfE.
How Can You Help Your Child?
- Support your child in completing their homework.
- Read daily with your child.
- Ask them questions about what they have read or get them to explain the steps involved in solving a problem.
- Take your child out on trips e.g: museums and galleries
Useful Websites for Assessment Materials
- Parents in touch- http://www.parentsintouch.co.uk
- BBC Bitsize- http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/
- BBC Schools ages 4-11 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
- Teachmykids- http://www.teachmykids.co.uk/advice_and_tips/ks1ks2-sats-what-are-sats-5-ways-to-help-your-child-with-sats-revision/
- Mad 4 Maths- http://www.mad4maths.com/parents/